small leaflets Prosopis velutina - Velvet Mesquite Prosopis velutina - Velvet Mesquite
Common Name Velvet Mesquite
Latin Name Prosopis velutina
Native Habitat 0 to 5,700 feet in Sonoran Desert
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, low to high organic content, well drained
Water Once or none per month  in hot weather
Height X Width 15 feet X 15 feet up to 30 feet X 30 feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Small leaflet pairs, deciduous
Garden Suitability Songbird, Sonoran, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Light yellow flowers with long stamens late spring to mid-summer, seed pods, cold marginal
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, seeds eaten by birds, animal eat seeds and pods
Native American Uses Blossoms used to make tea, pods crushed into sweet pulpy juice, dried pods ground into meal to make mush and cakes, pods eaten raw, roasted blossoms boiled and eaten, bark pounded to make soft cloth for diapers, clothing, netting for pottery, and cordage, gum used as adhesive to make arrows, wood used to make bows
Links  
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Prosopis_velutina.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Prosopis_velutina.html
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/yellows/yellow17.html
    Images and data http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/velvet_mesquite.htm
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/Syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=621
    Images and data http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/trees_vm.htm
    Images and data http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/mesquite.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PRVE
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